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Easy Iced Spice Cookies

2017 September 20
by Emily Hill

Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy!

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Easy Iced Spice Cookies -- Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! | isthisreallymylife.com


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What can I say more about these easy iced spice cookies other than they’re quick, simple and full of spice cake flavor.

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Easy Iced Spice Cookies -- Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The crazy ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies so soft and chewy is cream cheese. YES! Cream cheese! I’ve used it in these cream cheese sugar cookies and these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. It’s rather delightful.

Speaking of surprise ingredients, have you seen the recipe for my best ever macaroni salad?

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Easy Iced Spice Cookies -- Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! | isthisreallymylife.com

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This recipe for iced spice cookies is similar to the aforementioned pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but instead of pumpkin cake mix, it uses spice cake mix. And instead of chocolate chips, these cookies are topped with an easy vanilla icing—the same icing used on my famous old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies. It’s so dang good!

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Easy Iced Spice Cookies -- Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for easy iced spice cookies below. Enjoy!
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Easy Iced Spice Cookies
 
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Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! Yields about 2 dozen cookies.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: cookies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 1 (15.25-oz) package spice cake mix
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 T milk
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Add cake mix and beat until combined.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto nonstick cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until just set.
  5. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Icing
  1. Whisk together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. If too thick, add more sugar; too thin, more milk.
  2. Turn cookie upside down and dip in icing. Turn right-side up and allow glaze to set before storing. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

 
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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies -- Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.


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Healthy Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies -- whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, orange zest and semisweet chocolate. A dense, chewy cookie packed with flavor!


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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats

2017 September 14
by Emily Hill

Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter!

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com


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These witch hat Halloween krispie treats don’t require a long blog post because they’re ridiculously simple to make. And halle-freakin-lujah for easy Halloween treats because we have far more important things on which to spend our energy.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’m talking about that last-minute gumball machine or Minecraft costume your child needs for the school Halloween parade. Good luck convincing them a pillowcase makes the most ghoulish ghost.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These witch hat Halloween krispie treats require only four ingredients: Cocoa Krispies, mini marshmallows, butter and those disgusting fruit rolls all the kids love.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Four ingredients plus a witch hat cookie cutter (I bought this set because I loved the bat!) and you’ll have the dang cutest Halloween treats you’ve ever seen. Okay, almost the dang cutest because these Nutter Butter ghosts still have my Halloween heart.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The kids devoured this chocolate krispie treats as did a few adults, so I’m not exaggerating when I say they’re delicious. If you’re not a fan of fruit rolls, you could always frost them. But the frosting could get all kinds of smashed when those witch hats are on their way to the dead man’s party.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for witch hat Halloween krispie treats below. Enjoy!
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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats
 
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Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! Makes approximately 12 hats depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 T salted butter
  • 1 (10-oz) package mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • 2 fruit rolls (e.g., Fruit by the Foot)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir frequently until completely melted. Remove from heat and fold in Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies.
  4. Transfer contents to baking dish. Use waxed paper (or your fingers) lightly greased with cooking spray or butter to firmly press mixture in pan until evenly distributed.
  5. Use cookie cutter to cut into witch hats.
  6. Unroll fruit roll. Use a pizza cutter to cut in half lengthwise and then cut into approximately 3" sections (just long enough to wrap around the hat).
  7. Wrap sections of fruit roll around the hat and press together in back to seal. Cover with plastic wrap or keep in an airtight container until ready to serve so they don't dry out.

 
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Easy last-minute Halloween treat -- Nutter Butter ghosts! Only 4 ingredients and ready in less than 15 minutes!


Easy Nutter Butter ghosts

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Limited Edition Soft and Chewy Halloween Cookies


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What to Give - and What NOT to Give - Instead of Halloween Candy


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Candy Corn Creme Cookies -- creamy white chocolate chunks with a hint of candy corn flavor.


Candy corn creme pudding cookies

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Candy Corn Blondies - the perfect dessert for your Halloween party!


Candy corn blondies

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Candy Corn Cookies -- these cookies may not look pretty but they are absolutely delicious!


Candy corn cookies (because looks aren’t everything)

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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip

2017 September 7
by Emily Hill

This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It’s so creamy, fluffy and yummy you’ll want to serve it at every holiday party!

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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip -- This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It is so creamy, fluffy and yummy you'll want to serve it at every holiday party! | isthisreallymylife.com #pumpkin #recipe

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This easy fluffy pumpkin dip is always a huge hit at holiday parties. I don’t know if it’s because it’s super creamy and fluffy (yes, it’s both at the same time!) or because it’s highly addictive when paired with gingersnaps.

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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip -- This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It is so creamy, fluffy and yummy you'll want to serve it at every holiday party! | isthisreallymylife.com #pumpkin #recipe

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Maybe it’s super popular because you can’t tell if it’s an appetizer or dessert but since it’s full of pumpkin flavor, you feel like it can’t be all that bad for you. I mean, it has canned pumpkin, which we all know is a fruit. It’s like a super healthy side dish. Or something.

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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip -- This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It is so creamy, fluffy and yummy you'll want to serve it at every holiday party! | isthisreallymylife.com #pumpkin #recipe

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One of the best things about this easy fluffy pumpkin dip—other than it takes 5 minutes to make—is the ingredients list includes things you can easily keep on hand in case you remember you’re supposed to bring an appetizer to a holiday party … and it’s in less than an hour. Not that I’d know what that’s like…

*cough*

This pumpkin dip is best served with the aforementioned gingersnaps, but you could totally try homemade cinnamon tortilla chips, graham crackers (cinnamon graham crackers!), mini bagels or anything that would complement the sweet pumpkin spice flavor.

Printable recipe for easy fluffy pumpkin dip below. Enjoy!
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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip
 
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This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It's so creamy, fluffy and yummy you'll want to serve it at every holiday party!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 (15-oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • Gingersnaps
Instructions
  1. Blend cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Mix in pumpkin gradually.
  3. Stir in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice until smooth and well blended.
  4. Chill until ready to serve.

 
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Layered Pesto Dip -- only 4 ingredients and so yummy!


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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip

2017 August 31
by Emily Hill

Thank you Farm Rich for sponsoring this post. All thoughts are my own. Visit your local grocery store to pick up NEW Farm Rich snacks and your family favorites!

This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks!

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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Because my kids love to dip, dunk and drown their snacks in all kinds of unhealthy sauces, I wanted a healthy alternative that was easy to make and tasted good enough to fool my kids. That’s where this skinny creamy salsa dip comes in.

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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This skinny creamy salsa dip combines a few dried spices with non-fat Greek yogurt and low-fat sour cream. The result is a smooth, creamy and healthy dip you can feel good about your kids using to coat their celery sticks or quesadilla slices. Of course, you can totally go with non-fat sour cream but it always tastes a bit off to me.

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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I absolutely LOVE this skinny creamy salsa dip. I think it’s because I’ve been making a variation of it since date-night dinners at Chili’s in college. This creamy salsa dip pairs deliciously with many Farm Rich snacks and appetizers. We tried it with the Mozzarella Bites and new Avocado Slices to see how they’d do as a quick-and-easy after-school snack. I wanted something that could be ready in minutes (because the kids are always ravenous when they get home) and easily prepped by my youngest two.

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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Farm Rich is one of America’s favorite snacks and appetizers brands and definitely one of ours. It’s a good thing they’re readily available in the freezer section of my local Walmart! Farm Rich snacks, appetizers and bakery items are made with wholesome ingredients quick-frozen and carefully packaged so busy families can prepare great-tasting food within minutes. I couldn’t believe how quickly these after-school snacks came together, especially if you have the dried seasonings pre-made and on hand.

I highly recommend whisking up those dip spices and keeping them readily available!

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Farm Rich appetizers.

The kids love the Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites and I love that they’re made with 100% real mozzarella cheese and are a good source of calcium and protein with 0g trans fat per serving. Personally, I was more a fan of the new Farm Rich Avocado Slices; it probably has something to do with the premium Hass avocados and ancho chile pepper breading.

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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For more great after-school snack and weekday meal ideas, click here: http://clvr.li/2tZukxE.

Printable recipe for skinny creamy salsa dip below. Enjoy!
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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip
 
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This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks!
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
Dip Seasoning Mix
  • 2 T dried parsley
  • 1½ tsp dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
Dip
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup low-fat sour cream
  • ½ to 1 cup salsa
Instructions
  1. Whisk together ingredients for dip seasoning mix in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of dip seasoning mix with Greek yogurt and sour cream. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add ½ to 1 cup fresh salsa (or to taste); stir. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving for best flavor.
  4. Store leftover dip seasoning mix in an airtight container.

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Cowboy caviar

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Copycat Chilis Salsa -- After comparing other copycat Chilis salsa recipes and making a few tweaks, this version is by far the closest to the original...and extremely addictive.


Copycat Chili’s salsa

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Toffee Apple Dip -- only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes  for the most decadent dessert dip. Perfect with apples, graham crackers, pretzels...the options are endless!


Toffee apple dip

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Layered Pesto Dip -- only 4 ingredients and so yummy!


Layered pesto dip

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Sweet onion crack dip -- hot, cheesy, and a bit peppery. It is highly addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com


Sweet onion crack dip

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Skinny Ranch Dip

2017 August 29
by Emily Hill

Skinny ranch dip is a lower-calorie, lower-fat version of your favorite creamy ranch dip. But don’t worry, it’s so yummy you won’t know the difference!

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Our family goes through ranch dressing like it’s candy. Between the kids and me, we use it as a dip for everything from carrot sticks to quesadillas. Granted, not much beats the flavor of a good restaurant ranch, but I wanted something a bit healthier without sacrificing flavor. And I found it with this skinny ranch dip.

See that yummy rose-colored dip? That’s a variation using fresh salsa I call skinny creamy salsa dip. Mmm…

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe

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This skinny ranch dip takes your basic ranch dressing seasonings and combines them with low-fat sour cream and non-fat Greek yogurt. You can use non-fat sour cream for even fewer calories and less fat, but I’m just not a fan of that stuff.

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe

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This skinny ranch dip pairs extremely well with appetizers like mozzarella bites, loaded potato skins and southwest egg rolls. It also tastes delicious with sides like celery sticks, fresh broccoli and cherry tomatoes.

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe

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Printable recipe for skinny ranch dip below. Enjoy!
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Skinny Ranch Dip
 
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Skinny ranch dip is a lower-calorie, lower-fat version of your favorite creamy ranch dip. But don't worry, it's so yummy you won't know the difference!
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • 2 T dried parsley
  • 1½ tsp dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
Dip
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup low-fat sour cream
Instructions
  1. Whisk together ingredients for ranch seasoning mix in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of ranch seasoning mix with Greek yogurt and sour cream. Mix until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving for best flavor.
  3. Store leftover dry ranch dressing mix in an airtight container.

 
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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife


Skinny creamy salsa dip (my fave)

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com


Triple olive tepanade

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Cowboy caviar

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Copycat Chilis Salsa -- After comparing other copycat Chilis salsa recipes and making a few tweaks, this version is by far the closest to the original...and extremely addictive.


Copycat Chili’s salsa

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Toffee Apple Dip -- only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes  for the most decadent dessert dip. Perfect with apples, graham crackers, pretzels...the options are endless!


Toffee apple dip

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Layered Pesto Dip -- only 4 ingredients and so yummy!


Layered pesto dip

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Sweet onion crack dip -- hot, cheesy, and a bit peppery. It is highly addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com


Sweet onion crack dip

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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Dark Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites + Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep Kids Playin’

2017 August 23
by Emily Hill

Thank you CLIF Kid for sponsoring this post. Be sure to check out the new CLIF Kid Zbar Filled and encourage your kids to get outside and play!

Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack.

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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School might be back in session but that doesn’t mean outdoor play is over. The temperatures are still warm enough for trampoline tricks, backyard games and yes, even lemonade stands. Plus, after-school sports like football and soccer are in full swing. With all these outdoor activities on top of a full school day, kids need healthy, good-for-growing-bodies snacks to keep them fueled and happy.

Hangry kids are no joke. They’re almost as bad as hangry moms.

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Good thing there are plenty of healthy snack options for kids who are always on the go including these dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites.

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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They come together in only a few minutes and are a great way for kids to get some fruit, protein and antioxidants in one bite!

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Keep in mind, these frozen banana bites are made to be eaten straight from the freezer or immediately after they’re dipped. If you try to pack them for school lunch or as a half-time snack, they’ll be a mass of mushed banana and chocolate. And it won’t be pretty.

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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If you’re looking for a cooler- or lunch tote-friendly snack for those extended outside playdates or intense scrimmages, the new CLIF Kid Zbar Filled bars are a must. Zbar Filled is snacking made fun; they’re the first and only organic, soft-baked snack bar with smooth, creamy nut butter filling to surprise and delight kids. And my kids were delighted … especially by the Double Peanut Butter flavor.

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CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.
CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.

Zbar Filled is filled with the good stuff—nutritious ingredients like oats and nut butters, certified USDA organic and non-GMO, and free from ingredients that parents are looking to avoid like high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. Plus they come in three yummy flavors: Double Peanut Butter (my kids’ fave), Chocolate Peanut Butter (my fave) and Apple Almond Butter.

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CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.

We’re huge fans of CLIF Kid and have taste tested a few of their bars (you can read those reviews here and http://www.isthisreallymylife.com/2016/10/how-to-keep-kids-active-during-winter/). The kids always ask me to keep CLIF Kid Zbars and the new CLIF Kid ZBar Filled bars in our pantry, and I don’t mind because both offer great taste and delicious flavors my kids love with nutrition I feel good about.

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CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.
CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.

Here are a few of my other favorite packable on-the-go snacks:

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Easy PB&J Protein Balls -- PB&J protein balls are perfect for PB&J lovers looking for a healthy, protein-packed snack thanks to creamy peanut butter and diced dried strawberries. | isthisreallymylife.com


PB&J protein balls

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Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Protein Bars -- These chocolate cranberry oatmeal protein bars include almonds, peanut butter and coconut and make for a healthy and delicious snack or on-the-go breakfast.


Chocolate cranberry oatmeal protein bars

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Healthy Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn -- Try this healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn mix in place of those higher-fat, higher-sugar mixes out there. You will save on calories AND satisfy your sweet tooth!


Healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn mix

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Printable recipe for dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana dippers below. Enjoy!
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Dark Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites
 
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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. Makes approx. 3 dozen bites.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
  • 1 (10-oz) package dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 T coconut oil or vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Slice bananas into ¼- to ½-inch rounds. Spread a small dollop of peanut butter on half of the small banana slices and top with second slice. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Microwave chocolate chunks and shortening on high 30 seconds; stir well. Microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Remove banana bites from freezer and dip each one into melted chocolate. Return to parchment-lined baking sheet. Let stand until chocolate is firm. If not serving immediately, return bananas to freezer.

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Triple Olive Tapenade

2017 August 16
by Emily Hill

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This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive!

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’ve been dying to make this triple olive tapenade ever since I first tasted it nearly two months ago at a church function. Everyone raved about it and I taste tested it enough times (thirds, fourths, maybe even fifths) to know it would be a hit at family get-togethers and upcoming holiday parties.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I worried it would require a long list of crazy ingredients but it’s actually ridiculously easy with ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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We served this triple olive tapenade with sliced pita bread and Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers.

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Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains Crackers.

While I usually prefer pita bread, the light, smooth flavor of the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers were the perfect complement to the stronger flavor of the olive tapenade.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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In fact, the flavor of those Breton crackers were so good, I can’t wait to try them with this layered pesto dip, Greek feta dip and the ever-popular sweet onion crack dip.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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With Breton’s variety of flavors and textures, there are endless ways to enjoy them. Pair them with your favorite appetizer, use them to make a simple crust or my favorite, eat them right out of the box. I firmly believe there’s a perfect Breton cracker for everyone.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I know it’s way too early to be thinking about the holidays (no matter what the stores are putting on their shelves), but you really must pin this triple olive tapenade so you can easily find it when asked to bring an appetizer to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s sure to be a hit and you’re sure to be the favorite.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for triple olive tapenade below. Enjoy!
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Triple Olive Tapenade
 
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This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 3 cups olive medley (1 cup each pitted Kalamata olives, large green olives, California olives) + 2 T capers
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and cut into 1” pieces*
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 T fresh Italian herbs, loosely chopped (1 T each parsley and basil)
  • 5 T olive oil + 2 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Put olives, capers, red pepper and garlic in food processor. Pulse 10 to 15 times in 1-second intervals.
  2. Add herbs, olive oil and lemon juice. Pulse another 10 times, stopping halfway to scrape down sides of bowl. Serve with pita bread, toasted baguette slices or your favorite crackers.
Notes
* To save time you can use 1 (12-oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into 1" pieces. The tapenade may not have quite the same smoky flavor; it depends on the brand of bottled roasted red peppers you use.

 
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